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A mating ritual was a set of actions for reproduction. There was significant variety in mating rituals among different species. Color change and provocative movement were frequently associated with mating rituals. (VOY: "Elogium")
According to Odo, all humanoids were obsessed with convoluted mating rituals. He once remarked that procreation had nothing to do with how one smelled, or writing bad poetry, or sacrificing plants to serve as tokens of affection. (DS9: "The Forsaken", "Broken Link")
In 1987, while talking to a group of tourists about whale song, Gillian Taylor said its function was unknown, but offered the idea that it was part of the whales' mating ritual as one possible explanation. (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
Ten months into an historic mission undertaken by Enterprise NX-01, Vulcan science officer T'Pol proposed a lack of sex as the cause for a reduction in crew efficiency, noting that the Human mating ritual was effective in easing tension. (ENT: "Fallen Hero")
Tholos, an Andorian involved in a 2151 Andorian occupation of P'Jem, told T'Pol that he had heard about Vulcan mating rituals, and offered to emulate them by killing someone for her. (ENT: "The Andorian Incident")
After Dee'Ahn and Latia – two aliens Malcolm Reed and Trip Tucker became involved with while on Risa – tried to rob them, Tucker quipped that he hoped this wasn't part of their mating ritual. (ENT: "Two Days and Two Nights")
In 2369, while at a conference, Deanna Troi was propositioned by a Ktarian man who claimed to be doing a thesis on interspecies mating rituals and who proposed that she join him in some emperical research. (TNG: "Timescape")